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FPL Price Review: Forwards

Monday, July 9, 2018


With Fantasy Premier League managers beginning to assemble their squads for the 2018/19 season, Andrew Gastelum and I will be breaking down every position to look for the best value buys and value picks to help aid in the selection process.

 


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In the second edition of the FPL Price Review Series, we'll be assessing the pool of forwards. Unsurprisingly, Tottenham and England talisman Harry Kane is the most expensive at 12.5m. Below the positional price-cap is a substantial list of three at 11.0m, while Gabriel Jesus rounds of the top-five most costly strikers at 10.5m.  With that said, here are a few attackers that look like real pre-season bargains! 

 


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Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace (7.0m)

 


Crystal Palace's top player across the last two seasons, Wilfried Zaha was the first player I looked for when the prices were released. While he has been reclassified as a forward, the positional change hasn't wavered my confidence in the 26-year-old ace. Zaha has played a hand on more goals (33.7%) than other Eagle the past two terms, scoring 16 goals and tallying 16 assists in 58 appearances since the start of the 2016/17 season.

 


Despite missing nine matches through injury last season, Zaha still returned nine goals and seven assists and 136 FPL points. Of his relevant noteworthy statistics, he scored all nine of his goals in 20 starts as a forward and averaged 1.8 key passes per match across 29 total appearances. In fact, the Ivory Coast international averaged as many key passes per game (1.8) as Dele Alli, Leroy Sane and Juan Mata. Favourably priced at 7.0m, Zaha looks like an excellent option to build your frontline around.

 

 

Cenk Tosun, Everton (7.0m)

 

 

Sticking with forwards priced at 7.0m, Everton's Cenk Tosun is another promising option. Tosun arrived in a £27m move in January from Besiktas, where he scored 41 goals in 96 Turkish Super Liga matches, to fill the void left by the exit of Romelu Lukaku. Tosun registered just one of four shots on target and failed to find the back of the net across 177 minutes in his first four appearances. The Turkey international did, however, discover his form and showcased his clinical touch in front of goal down the stretch. From 10 consecutive starts to close out the term, he provided five goals and had a shooting accuracy of 47% with seven of his 15 efforts on target. Compared to all players who made less than 15 appearances in the Premier League last season, only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (10) and Coutinho (7) scored more goals than Tosun (5).

 


Having been starved of service by Big Sam's defensive style, Tosun should flourish under the stewardship of new Everton manager Marco Silva. With Silva at the helm, the Toffees will play attack-minded football and look like a much different side than last season. I'm projecting Tosun to be a top-10 forward in 2018/19.

 

 


Chris Wood, Burnley (6.5m)

 


Chris Wood provided a substantial return of 10 goals and 104 FPL points last season. However, what stood out the most was his level of production over 1,621 minutes across 24 appearances. To put his first campaign at Burnley into perspective, he scored two more goals and just six less FPL points than Bournemouth's Josh King, despite playing 829 fewer minutes. Furthering Wood's appeal is the fact he enters the 2018/19 season priced at 6.5m alongside King, Glenn Murray, Christian Benteke, Danny Welbeck and Ayoze Perez. Perez and King are slightly more popular right now based on ownership, but I believe Wood will be the one who racks up the most points come the end of the season. Even though Burnley will enter the Europa League at the second round of qualification after their seventh-placed finish, Wood's displays when fit during 2017/18 gives me the confidence to back him for another double-digit goal total in the top-flight.  

 

 

Charlie Austin, Southampton (6.0m)

 


One of the 11 forwards priced at 6.0m, injury-prone Charlie Austin is an intriguing option because of his offensive efficiency when fit. In 10 starts last season, Austin scored five goals and averaged 3.6 shots per game. Despite playing just 1030 minutes through injury, he was the Saints top scorer with seven goals and returned 72 FPL points. The same level of production was seen when he joined Southampton in 2016/17, a year when Austin scored six goals and provide 62 FPL points across 939 minutes. In total, over consecutive injury-riddled seasons, the former QPR striker has averaged a goal every 151 minutes.

 


Southampton finished 17th and barely avoided relegation last season thanks to a late turnaround under manager Mark Hughes. The Saints biggest problem by far was their lack of goals as they scored just 37 goals the entire season. Austin not only finished the season at the club's top scorer but also equalled the production of Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long, who scored a combined seven. Operating under the assumption that Austin will be Hughes' first-choice striker when healthy, he's a positively priced punt at 6.0m.

 

 

 

Bonus Ball: Bobby Reid, Cardiff City (5.5m) - See Chuck Booth's FPL First Look: Cardiff City 

 

 




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